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For the September bear hunting season, licensed bear hunters reported a harvest of 148 bears; 59 reported as female, 86 as male, three unknown. This is down from the 190 taken during the September season in 2016. The first segment of bear season began on Sept. 5 and ran through Sept. 23. The...
Australian shepherds are active dogs who need daily exercise and interaction with their humans. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: Why is it that sometimes my dog will bark at dogs barking on TV, but other times she won’t. If there’s a police show, or a farm show where dogs are working, she will bark at the TV. However, if we are watching a show which features animal tricks she won’t bark — even if the dog on...
They’re called “Dreamers,” children whose immigrant parents brought them to this country illegally years ago, and who have since become fully integrated into American society. These young men and women speak English. They succeed in school. Many are gainfully employed, hoping to start careers in...
DEAR ABBY: I am a bridesmaid for my brother’s upcoming wedding. However, his fiancee is throwing out some crazy mandates for the big day. 1. All family members must wear contact lenses. Glasses will not be allowed because they look ugly in pictures. (Both her mom and my parents wear glasses.)...
They call themselves Aldean’s Army, fiercely devoted fans who buy country singer Jason Aldean’s albums by the millions. Sunday night, many of them flocked to hear him perform at a fall festival on the Las Vegas Strip. That’s where a sniper, firing from a 32nd-floor hotel room, rained a fusillade...
DEAR ABBY: Suggesting that an older couple (”Upset in Washington,” June 13) move to a community for people over age 55 because they’re bothered by the neighbors’ children playing outside early in the morning is just one more example of how we have ended up living in a world of intolerance and...
The awesome killing power possessed by one gunman, Stephen Paddock, testifies to the consequences created when politicians continually bow to political pressure from the National Rifle Association. Paddock had amassed an absurd arsenal of 23 weapons in his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel...
BOSTON — The Beacon Hill Roll Call records votes and discussion of members of the House and Senate each week. Coming up on Beacon Hill ARSONISTS NEED NOT APPLY (H 569) — Another piece of legislation on the Committee on Financial Services’ agenda would prohibit banks or mortgage brokers and...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a happily married woman in my 30s. Although we don’t have children yet, many of our friends do. Some of them have boys who are approaching or are already in their early teens. I’m embarrassed to even ask, but what are the best ways to avoid or immediately stop unwanted just-...
America needs newspapers. And newspapers, now more than ever, need America. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” So...

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